Apr 11, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT
Well, we assume LeBron James won’t be playing today when the Cavs meet the Magic. (But we’ll keep you updated.)
So when the Cavs and Magic meet up for a little pre-playoff staredown, what are we going to see?
Okay, so you know how 90% of all barfights are just two guys who shove one another once, and then stare at each other for four minutes, occasionally spouting curse words and then walking away? Same type of deal here. Neither one wants to get bloody, and neither one feels like they have anything they really need to say to each other.
The Cavs lead the season series 2-1. The Magic won the last game. The Cavs have the best record. The Magic beat the Cavs in the playoffs last year. The Cavs will have home court advantage. They had it last year, too.
So basically what we have here is one of those bad sitcoms where two people that have been broken up for a while get set up on a blind date by their friends. Only instead of realizing how much they like each other to music from Kelly Clarkson, we get to see stretch fours do battle.
And that’s actually relevant.
The Cavaliers could show that the stretch four issues they had last year with Rashard Lewis are solved with the addition of Antawn Jamison and the perimeter rotations can be held in check by Anthony Parker and better depth.
But if the Magic can keep knocking down deep threes and win a comfortable game, it puts a crack in Cleveland’s confidence, which hasn’t responded well to insecurity. Additionally, it’s an opportunity for the Magic to showcase a fully healthy Jameer Nelson, which puts them in a different level.
Or, you know, it could turn into a garbage fest. Good news is both teams are deep enough that’s still better than 70% of other rosters.
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